New International Version

Genesis 15:1-21

The Lord’s Covenant With Abram

1After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:

“Do not be afraid, Abram.

I am your shield,15:1 Or sovereign

your very great reward.15:1 Or shield; / your reward will be very great

2But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit15:2 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain. my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”

4Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring15:5 Or seed be.”

6Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

7He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.”

8But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”

9So the Lord said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.”

10Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half. 11Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.

12As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. 13Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 15You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. 16In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”

17When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. 18On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi15:18 Or river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— 19the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”

Japanese Contemporary Bible

創世記 15:1-21






5それから主はアブラムを外へ連れ出し、満天の星空の下に立たせました。「空を見なさい。あの星を全部数えられますか? あなたの子孫はあの星のようにとても数えきれないほどの数になる。」 6アブラムは主を信じました。主はアブラムの信仰を義と認めました。


8「神様、できれば、その確かな証拠を見せてください。」 9すると、主は次のように言われました。「それぞれ三歳の雌牛と雌やぎと雄羊、それに山鳩とそのひなを持って来て、 10殺し、真ん中から引き裂いて二つに分けなさい。ただし、鳥は裂いてはいけない。」 11アブラムは言われたとおりにし、はげたかが死体の上に舞い下りて来そうになると、追い払いました。

12やがて夕方になり、日が西に傾きました。アブラムは眠くて、どうにも我慢ができなくなりました。すると、何か恐ろしいことが起きる前兆のような、深い闇が忍び寄ってきたのです。 13その時、主の声がしました。「あなたの子孫は四百年の間、外国で奴隷とされ、苦しめられるだろう。 14だが、その国をわたしは罰する。そしてついには、あり余るほどの富を携えて、彼らはその国から脱出することになる。 15あなたは天寿を全うし、安らかにこの世を去るだろう。 16四世代ののち、彼らはこの地に帰る。今ここに住んでいるエモリ人の国々の悪行は、まだ最悪には至っていない。だがその時がきたら、きびしい罰を受けることになる。」

17もう日はすっかり沈み、あたりは真っ暗です。見ると、煙のたち込めるかまどと燃えるたいまつが現れ、二つに引き裂かれた動物の死体の間を通り抜けました。 18こうしてその日、主はアブラムと契約を結ばれたのです。「わたしはこの地をあなたの子孫に与える。ワディ・エル・アリシュ〔エジプト川〕からユーフラテス川に至る地を。